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Capt. James Davidson
Born April 27, 1836
CAPT. JAMES DAVIDSON, Postmaster, Monticello; is a native of Sandusky, Ohio, and was born April 27, 1836; he grew up and received his education at Sandusky and Oberlin College until 1851, when his parents removed to Elgin, Ill., and lived there and in Chicago until the breaking-out of the rebellion, in 1861. He was an officer in the Elgin Continental Military Company; he volunteered April 14, 1861, and the company became Company A, 7th Ill. V.I., the first regiment raised for the war in Illinois for the three months' service he re-enlisted for three years in the 52d Ill. V.I., and was commissioned Lieutenant of Co. G; he was wounded in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 6; after the battle, was promoted, and for two years served as Aid on the Staff of Gen. T. W. Sweeney; as Aid and Acting Adjutant General, Second Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, and participated in the battles of that division; he was in the service about four years. On the 2lst of September, 1864, he was united in marriage to Miss Adaliza E. Dean, from Conneaut, Ohio; they came to Iowa and located at Monticello in 1866. He was editor of the Monticello Express for a year and a half, and was elected County Superintendent of Schools, and was appointed Postmaster at Monticello June 7, 1866, and was re-appointed to the same position and has served since then; he has also held town and school offices. He owns a good farm, well improved, adjoining the city limits. Capt. and Mrs. Davidson have five children—James Y., Charles, Lucy L., Henry S. and Orlando.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 640.

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